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this morning on "early today," security breach. want to be reality tv stars slip past secret service and into an a-list party at the white house. taxi terror. a cab crashes into a clothing store this israel plowing into customers and children. and holiday tradition. everyone's favorite characters line up in the streets of new york city for the 83rd annual line up in the streets of new york city for the 83rd annual macy's thanksgiving day parade. captions paid for by nbc-universal television hello and good morning. i'm christina brown. today we begin with party
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crashers. this morning the secret service is investigating how a pair of aspiring reality tv stars apparently slipped into the white house state dinner on tuesday without an invitation. although ta reek and ma hail ya were on the guest list, seemed like they act like it, even stopping several times to pose for pictures. it is not clear whether the couple interacted with president obama or india's prime minister, who was guest of honor. there was no threat of danger to the president, because the couple went through the same metal security checkpoints as other guests. well, nbc news has learned new details ahead of president obama's upcoming announcement on the u.s.-led strategy in afghanistan. officials say the president has, in fact, come to a final decision on a number of additional troops that will be september to the country. until yesterday, aides said the president was still weighing his
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options. the military expects the number of added forces to come in around 30,000. as the president seeks to sell his strategy to a skeptical public, the white house says the u.s. will not be in afghanistan eight years from now. for millions of americans, thanksgiving means a few simple things, family, food, and a famous parade. today marks the 83rd annual macy's thanksgiving day parade where music, marching and some giant balloons are getting ready to take off. nbc's michelle franzen joins us live in manhattan for a sneak peek at the big day a ahead. good morning, michelle. >> reporter: good morning, christina. happy thanksgiving. certainly in the 83 years of the parade's history, there have been a few changes along the way. there are a few new giant balloons, floats, even a parade route change. it is an american tradition, the
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annual macy's thanksgiving parade. each year thousands line the nearly three-mile-long route to get an up-close view of giant balloons, floats and performers. following last-minute rehears ales and more than a year of planning, all are ready for the march down to 34th street. >> one of the most famous streets in the world because that's where miracles happen. >> reporter: for the first time in the parade's history, the route diverts from broadway, which was made into a pedestrian-only zone earlier this year. instead it zig-zags down seventh and seventh avenues. on the eve of the parade, new yorkers gathered to get a sneak peek of the parades cast of characters, slowly many canning to life during the balloon inflation. >> i love them. looks so great. >> reporter: this year there are four new giant balloons,
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including spider-man and ronald mcdonald. there are 24 floats. >> i'm not on the princess float. >> reporter: jimmy fallon joins the parade on one of them. >> i think nbc gave me a little treat. they let me get our own float. >> reporter: santa is excited, too, in the first time for more than 40 years. santa will usher in the season on a new float. and, christina, the crowds will also be excited this morning. 3.5 million people expected to line the nearly three-mile parade route and another 50 million watching at home. >> michelle, it looks like you have the best spot in the house. thanks so much, michelle franzen joining us live this morning. of course don't miss nbc's special coverage of the macy's thanksgiving day parade hosted by "today's" meredith vieira, matt lauer, along with al roker
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beginning this morning at 9:00 a.m. right here on nbc station. >> now here's a look at some other stories making news early today in america. a south carolina man is facing multiple charges for allegedly faking a fall in a grocery store. take a look. newly released surveillance video approaches a wet floor sign and spills juice on the floor. he then staged his own fall and demanded up to $8,000 for his injuries. authorities in coffey county, georgia, say they have disrupted one of the most sophisticated marijuana growing operations in the county. investigators say they also recovered $35,000 in cash. a virginia tradition that dates back more than 350 years brought thanksgiving a day early there. governor tim kaine welcomed native american tribes who brought a gift of wild game.
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it commemorates a 1646 peace treaty that allowed indians to give the colonial government gifts in lou of paying taxes. a turkey in massachusetts is determined not to end up on the dinner table. he was found tying up traffic for hours trotting from car to car. he eventually wandered up a hill and we're guessing he's probably a little grateful he didn't meet up with his friends, stuffing, gravy, and pumpkin pie. now for a look at your national and regional weather, here's meteorologist ginger zee from wmaq chicago with today's forecast. good morning, ginger. happy thanksgiving to you. >> good morning to you. happy thanksgiving to you and everybody out there too. over the country it's really not that bad. we have had rough thanksgivings in years past. the only trouble spot around chicago. minneapolis, you will clear out and not see the rainy, snowy stuff. but you will in wisconsin,
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chicago and indiana. rain fell in miami yesterday. that was all associated with this low pressure system. now it's off to the east and fog in place for parts of the eastern seaboard. again, chicago, rain mixing with snow. it looks like this is going to be just a little problem. take some extra time on the roadways. waking up at 36 in chicago. 42 in detroit. 45, charlotte. temperatures today will reach a fall like beautiful 69 in savannah with lots of sunshine to the south and east. that's a look at your regional forecast. let's get a check a little closer to home. louisville, kentucky, 44 with partly to mostly cloudy skies. charlotte, lots more sunshine, 62 with all that sun. 54 in albany, new york. you'll have a whole lot more clouds than you do sun. and that is a look at your thursday thanksgiving forecast. christina? >> all right. thanks so much, ginger.
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home sales rebound, tiffany shines, and a couple's half million dollar reprieve. your early morning business headlines are straight ahead. plus, chatty katie. why you might not want to sit here mrs. tom cruise in a movie theater. lebron james and jason kidd are in the giving mood, and dwyane wade is thankful. you're watching "early today."
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>> good morning, and welcome back to "early today." i'm christina brown. and here are some of your top headlines this morning. the white house says president obama will head to copenhagen next month. he will slash greenhouse gases by 17% over the next decade. on capitol hill, there has been
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some resist resistance over high costs involved for businesses and homeowners. a leader of a powerful clan named as the top suspect in an election massacre has turned himself into authorities. the politician denies organizing the kills that left 57 people dead, including family members of a rival candidate who wanted to challenge the suspect's plan. in israel, terrifying moments for two children run over by an out of control taxi. the driver apparently hit the gas by mistake instead of the brake. somehow no injuries were reported. and one lucky turkey has been spared from the thanksgiving table after receiving a commander in chief first presidential pardon. president obama joked that thanks to the intervention of his daughter sasha and malia the turkey named courage will be spared a, quote, delicious fate. here's an early look how wall street ended before the
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holiday. the dow closed at 10,464 after gaining 30 points on webs. the s is and p added 4. the nas dax was up 6 points. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo, the nikkei slid 58 points, while in hong kong, the hang song dropped 401 points. with so many investors already off for the holiday, yesterday's trading on wall street was light. regardless, markets still closed at fresh 13-month highs thanks to encouraging economic data. among the feast of economic reports released wednesday, new claims for unemployment fell to their lowest levels since september of last year. markets got another boost from a report that new home sales jumped 6%. more good news, consumers spent a little more last month, nearly 1% more after a dramatic drop in september. the dollar slipped lower against most major currencies, pushing gold to yet another record high.
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$1,191 before settling just above $1,188. tiffany's signaling it could be a happy holiday for retailers. tiffany shares were 2% higher after raising its yearly profit outlook. toyota plans to replace the gas pedals on 4 million vehicles after issuing one of the largest recalls in history. gas pedals on toyotas got stuck on driver's side floor mats causing the vehicle to speed it of control. beginning in january, toyota will short existing act accelerators while the new gas pedals are developed. final lishgs one new york couple is very thankful today after a judge wiped out their $525,000 mortgage. after a bailed out bank foreclosed on the couple's home last year, the irate judge ruled that the bank's actions and unwillingness to work out a deal were, quote, harsh, repugnant,
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and shocking. well, which ten-time nba all-star player has decided to call it quits? plus, king james reigns supreme as the pistons fail to snap a five-game losing streak. your early morning sports headlines are straight ahead. it's a sunny turkey day for some, but a little bit cooler and wetter for others. your regional forecast is coming up. you're watching "early today."
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good morning. if you're just waking up, this is "early today." in sports, basketball fans in florida have plenty to be thankful for after yesterday's nail-biter between the heat and the magic. here's nbc's fred roggin with an early look at all your sports headlines. good morning. and thaep thanksgiving. a full plate of nba action. pick it up in the fourth. lewis over to carter who nailed the three. 98-95. 14 seconds left. what is dwyane wade thankful for this year? how about michael beasley? wade's shot was short but beasley there to put it in for the win. paul pierce from the kiddy table tied it at 87.
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pierce had a game-high 27. ball fake made the sixers look bad. boston up by six. phillies lost four straight. cavs and pistons in detroit. threw it down with his left. cavs up 18 at the half. to the fourth. le been with a double pump and scoring. cavs picked up their 11th win, 98-88. speaking of giving, jason kidd with his alley-oop with the rockets. behind stockton for first all time. alan iverson spending a quiet thanksgiving with the family. he announced his retirement after 14 years in the league. he leaves the game ranked sixth all time in points scored per game. under 20 seconds to play. zags down two. tied it with a leader in the key.
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catch with the final shoot. blocked. this game headed to overtime. a two-point lead. cashmere right to force a second o.t. couldn't get the runner to fall. gonzaga went on to win it, 61-59. which high-profile first lady is being tapped for the next woody allen film? our early morning entertainment headlines are straight ahead. plus, residents of the cleveland zoo give thanks a day early as they're served a special holiday treat. you're watching "early today."
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welcome back to "early today" and happy thanksgiving. what a great thanksgiving day it's going to be here in the southeast. look at atlanta, 58. very fall like. perfect with the sunshine. a few more clouds, though, maybe a sprinkle or two near new york. chicago, a mix of rain and snow. a blustery one for you as well. a quick look at that macy's day parade forecast in case you're heading out or just watching, a slight chance of showers today, but very slight. temperatures right around 50. so not a bad day. if you're watching tv 10 in norfolk, virginia, take a thanksgiving night journey through a two-mile driving tour of the garden of lights exhibit. that's at the norfolk botanical
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garden. and that is your eastern event of the day. what a way to digest later. >> it's looking like it's shaping up to be a beautiful, beautiful thanksgiving day. thanks so much, ginger. right now it's the swiss government directing the action. although the oscar winner was granted a $4.5 million bail by a swiss court on wednesday, he'll stay in jail until the government decides whether to appeal that decision. if granted, polanski would be monitored under house arrest as officials consider his extradition to the u.s. france's first lady is taking on a new role, literally. former supermodel sarkozy has accepted woody allen's request for her to act in his next movie. this could make an insurance company a little nervous. you see, tom cruise is performing many of his own
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stunts in a movie shoot in austria high above the ground. meanwhile, his wife katie holmes found herself in a situation. she was said to be chatty in new moon. a risky move in a theater full of twi-hard fans. this comes from wkyc, cleveland, ohio, where a local zoo is making sure everyone is enjoying a home made meal this holiday. orangutans were given tasty pies. the orange apes were quickly gobbling up all of the desserts. and you certainly can't blame them. i'm christina brown, and this is "early today," just your first stop of the day today on your nbc station.
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monmouth >> good morning. who the fog is the biggest issue -- the fog is the biggest issue to contend with today. 48 downtown. 45 at the airport. the fog will stick around until 9:00. it may get some sunshine to break through the crowd. once the fog goes away, a high temperature of around 47.
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over to the news desk. >> here is a look ahead to 11 news today. >> the city's bravest is trying to help families in need this thanksgiving. >> court is closed until monday. a long holiday weekend for jurors to
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